With an ever increasing focus on the need to reduce plastic waste, as a family we are keen to eradicate as much single use plastic from our home as possible. This is an ongoing process and, needless to say, we are learning as we go. Of course one way to do this is to use reusable drinks bottles when we are out and about. This is something I’ve previously been quite slack about, preferring to buy drinks as we need them over remembering to fill up and cart around enough bottles for the whole family. However this is clearly wasteful – both in an environmental and financial sense. As I say, we are learning as we go!
One of my biggest issues with carrying bottles around is that they tend to take up too much room in my bag and there is always the risk of them leaking. The kids have bottles which they take to school (if they remember) and Dave & I both have Klean Kanteen bottles which we use for hot drinks – particularly when we’re camping or Dave uses his to take coffee to work. But they are sizeable and fairly weighty – I certainly wouldn’t want to lug one around in my handbag all day.
We’ve recently been introduced to the Ion8 range -specifically the 100% leak proof kids water bottle, the Ion8 Pod. The Ion8 Pod is a 350ml size making it ideal for children – fitting perfectly into school lunch boxes or backpacks. Having to carry their bottles is probably the single biggest reason why my children often “forget” to take theirs or bring them home again from school. If they were safely tucked inside their school bag this would be a different matter entirely!
My favourite design feature of the Ion8 Pod is that it is the same width as a standard soft drinks can which means it will fit all standard cup and can holders – a bit of a game changer in the car where lots of the other bottles we have tried just don’t fit comfortably (something I have previously tested by spilling hot chocolate all over the foot-well of my car whilst turning a corner . . . ) It is worth mentioning that the larger 500ml Ion8 Slim is also the same width so if you need a larger drink, you don’t have to compromise on being able to fit your bottle into a cup holder.
Whilst the Ion8 Pod is marketed as a kids’ water bottle, I think the smaller size makes it perfect for popping in your handbag when you’re out and about – you know I’m fully lusting after a navy one for myself right? I’ve said before that I’m practically a camel and rarely drink enough so having a smaller sized bottle in my bag might finally solve this problem!
All three kids love the Ion8 Pod – the easy to open flip top and the smooth liquid flow make it easy to drink from – there’s no need to worry about sucking or holding it at the right angle as can often be the case with some bottles. The lockable flip top lid means that the drink spout itself remains clean (as opposed to the kids’ current bottles which just have a twist up spout). Thanks to the wide neck, the bottle is simple to fill – you can even pop ice in on a hot day which I know Ben will love for school! The bottle is actually suitable for both hot and cold drinks which I must admit really surprised me – I don’t know that I would naturally use it for hotter drinks but it’s nice to know the option is there. It might seem a little odd to talk about the texture of the bottle, but actually it makes quite a big difference, the soft feel makes it easy to hold and also just looks far nicer. The carry strap is a bit of a bonus as carrying a drink bottle around in your hand is never going to be comfortable for long. I was also pleased to discover that I can pop the ion8 drink bottle into the dishwasher (something which I can’t do with our Klean Kanteens annoyingly!)
So all in we love the Ion8 Pod, my only problem with it is that we only have one! I think I’d better invest in some more.
*We were sent the Ion8 Pod free of charge for the purposes of review. All thoughts and opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links*